Recently an old school friend who I hadn’t seen since probably the age of 16 has joined my agency and is sitting right behind me. After such a long time it seemed only fitting we pop out for a proper catch up over some food and a glass of wine. Our venue of choice was House of Ho which opened about a year ago in the Soho area and is owned by New-Zealand born chef Bobby Chin who has written a few books on vietnamese cuisine.

House of Ho, 55-59 Old Compton Street, London W1D 6HW, tel 020 7287 0770

It’s looking a little tired with regards to interior and have been meaning to try this place so was hoping that the food would wow but let’s see shall we! As with most of these Vietnamese restaurants the idea is to order a few small dishes and then share amongst yourselves, which is always great as you get to try a bit of everything.

Crispy Duck confit rolls with perilla leaves, gizzards and sliced grapes was first up and was a winner. Lovely light thick rice noodle texture for the surrounding roll and perfect mouth sized pieces.

House of Ho

From the fresh summer rolls we went for the pickled vegetable rolls with herbs and rice noodles served with a peanut sauce. Little bit average but an ok appetiser to start things off.

House of Ho

The smokey chilli glazed chicken wings were again average, simple chicken dish but nothing too adventurous.

House of Ho

The apple-smoked pork belly with braised cabbage and egg was however very tasty (although did find what looked like a pigs hair sticking out the top). We also ordered some rice and tipped this into the leftover sauce which was a lovely accompaniment.

House of Ho

It was a nice meal however this was due mainly to the company and wine with the food a nice on the side but not really something to write home about! Am hoping to get out to Vietnam at some point in the future and I’m sure that will show what Vietnamese food is really like.

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